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All Under One Roof

Designing for a large family, Sutton Residence in Balwyn North, Melbourne is modern and practical, factoring in the briefs of all three generations to create a comfortable and cosy. The site itself slopes downward, which worked against a clear need to have the home spread across a single level. To counteract this, VSDO strategically excavated into the ground. Although an easier solution, a split-level home was not desirable for the elderly grandparents as it would impede ease of use and accessibility into the future. Wanting to bring in natural light and ventilation, the house is planned around two courtyards, one on each of the east and the west sides. These offer the opportunity to bask in either the morning sun or the afternoon sun. A large open plan kitchen, dining and living area is clustered together and positioned at the rear for added privacy. Having long views out across the whole living space and into the courtyards was a request from the mother, who wanted visibility for when the kids are playing both inside and out. It also offers a calming aspect to beautiful, manicured greenery. The indoor-outdoor connection is further enhanced with the marble bench in the kitchen extending out into the garden as a feature bench within the landscape. Another part of the brief that has been addressed is in the luxurious basement wine cellar, which features a custom-made wine rack of 600 individual timber dowels. A definite statement, the rack creates a special shadow play, adding another bespoke element to the home. Sustainability and energy efficiency was another factor that needed to be addressed. Sutton Residence has recycled rainwater for the gardens, and under-slab hydronic heating. Sutton Residence shows that it’s possible to bring together a range of needs all together in one harmonious home. VSDO vsdo.com.au Photography by Tom Blachford We think you might also like this story about passive solar design abc
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The Habitus Edit On Kitchen Performance That Inspires

Much like a luxury car, the secret to high performance and precision lies within the engine.  And the engine of today’s premium kitchen is Gaggenau.  For over three centuries, Gaggenau’s heritage of design excellence has constantly redefined the way we experience the kitchen. The German manufacturer’s legacy is marked by its innovative spirit, traditional craftsmanship and a future-forward perspective of the culinary sphere – taking every day domestic appliances to new heights, time and time again.   In this issue of the Habitus Edit, we explore the 400 Series Cooling range by Gaggenau. Driven by the work of culinary masters and sommeliers, the 400 Series is imbued with the finest of contemporary design and cooling technology. Marrying the foundations of professional kitchens, the design philosophies of contemporary kitchens and the art of contemporary living, Gaggenau delivers a range that supports your lifestyle and blends in seamlessly with the rest of your home.  The 400 Series features an integrated, built-in modular family of refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine cabinets that can be combined in a multitude of ways to create a striking display. Dedicated to deliver holistic kitchen solutions, this collection is a testament to Gaggenau’s legacy in revolutionary household appliances.  Product-led and editorially curated, the Habitus Edit offers a unique perspective on the exceptional designers and brands across the Indo-Pacific region. Dive in and explore the Habitus Edit on the 400 Series Cooling from Gaggenau. abc
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Jolley Good: Introducing JamFactory’s Jolley Pendant Light

Uniquely Australian and fiercely loyal to local designers, JamFactory has continued to provide a platform for designer products that are innovative and challenging. jam by JamFactory is a reflection of JamFactory’s local-minded approach, representing an all-Australian designed and made range of furniture, lighting and objects. The Jolley Pendant Light is a piece within the collection, and is derived from the best in Australian ceramic design processes. jolley pendant light husk Crafted by Stephanie James-Manttan, an Adelaide based ceramicist and JamFactory Alumnae, the Jolley Pendant Light takes its name from the production process used to create the stoneware shade. The Jolleying process uses a combination of moulds and cutters to create hollow forms from various types of clays. The highly textural glazes are applied by hand and then fired in JamFactory's ceramic studio in Adelaide, South Australia, of which James-Manttan is the head. Jolley pendant light dolomite The Jolley’s gentle curving form highlights the flexibility of the material and the crystalline properties of the glazes. Available in Dolomite and Husk, the Jolley Light’s organic form and distinctive glazes make it a striking lighting addition to both commercial and residential applications. The stoneware piece comes with a three-year warranty, and all lights are made to order. Delivery time is typically around 4-6 weeks Australia-wide. jam j-a-m.com.auabc
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Opposing Old & New For A Stunning Result

Set amongst the Colonel Light Gardens in Adelaide, NTH has had quite the facelift. The redbrick house that initially stood alone on the land now has an extension to co-exist with, and together they make for quite the sight. Masterminded by PLY, the house maintains its brickwork exterior towards the front, with both ‘parts’ allowing for premium living within a domicile, which encourages natural light, ventilation with an emphasis on outdoor living. NTH Original House The suburban street features a family of state heritage bungalows that create a neat and tidy visual. The owners wanted to ensure this visual was preserved and kept much of the redbrick exterior facing the street in order to remain true to the house’s heritage. What lies at the back of the block is a different concept entirely. With the original house being altered to contain only bedrooms for the children and an additional living space, the ‘second home’ that is the contemporary extension contains a master bedroom, laundry, open plan living area for entertaining guests, dining and food preparation, with an additional outdoor living space. The extension circles around a central courtyard, and as a result the rooms receive a large boost of natural light and air. The courtyard adds a slice of greenery easily accessible from all rooms of the extension and allows for connection between family members and additional guests and a place of solitude. The materials and colour scheme of both old and new pieces of the house juxtapose one another but are purposely designed to link old and new. The upper part of the addition is clad in black Weathertex, cladding panels that are rough-sawn, which is an acknowledgement of the timber detailing on the original bungalow, albeit with a modern touch. The gable of the addition matches the bungalow, but it's less an identical twin and more so a tribute to design eras of the past. Timber screens accentuate the exterior and relieves the internal aspects of the adjoining street, while precisely curating natural light to the inside. Window shades work in conjunction with the screens to ensure the house doesn’t receive excess heat, while doubling as a tool of privacy. NTH living room The outdoor space is designed to be an extension of the open plan living space which ensures a thoughtful transition between areas during leisure time and when entertaining guests. The space is also covered and contains a fireplace ensuring the space can be frequented all year long. The interior material selection of NTH is rough and honest, mirroring much of the outside work conducted by PLY. Concrete floors make for easy cleaning with a young expanding family, and ensure climate control through summer heat and winter cool. Rendered brickwork accounts for sustainability and budget, and reflects contemporary design characteristics. The kitchen bench comprises a timber base and white stone top, with smatterings of grey and green seen within the furniture selection. The bathroom follows a similar path, with charcoal coloured tiles providing contrast to the other spaces. The overall feel of the house through interior and exterior is similar, allowing the transition between rooms to feel seamless. NTH Kitchen Bucking the trend of creating an addition that follows the design of the existing abode or alternatively altering the original to become congruent with a new setting, PLY has been able to craft a house that consists of two very distinct parts and ensures they get along among a young family that will evolve, figuratively and literally, simultaneously with the house. The addition and subsequent refurbishment of NTH have created something truly sensational, that doesn’t skip on privacy or completely upend the heritage that was there in the first place. PLY ply.net.au Photography by Sam Noonan We think you might also like Radiator House in Japan abc
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Introducing the INDE.Awards Prodigies for 2021

Each year the Indesign Media Asia Pacific editorial team gather to discuss the rising stars of the architecture and design world from around the Indo-Pacific region. It’s a time when we can compare notes and chat about the studios and practices that have made an impression, the projects that have caught our eye and the people that are making a name for themselves throughout our community. To select just four prodigies is a challenge, when so much talent abounds in every country in our region, and so with much fan-fare, we are delighted to present this year’s INDE.Awards Prodigies.   Ben Robertson Director Studio: Tecture Architecture Location: Melbourne, Australia ben robertson A little about Ben…. After graduating from Deakin University in 2006, Director Ben Robertson has had experience working at some of Melbourne’s most reputable design firms. A keen eye on the built environment, and the use of measured proportion and geometry drive Ben’s design aesthetic, with succinct rationale to every detail. More importantly, Ben believes that great design should be cost efficient, functionally considered and contextually sympathetic. We asked Ben to tell us his thoughts about the future of his practice. “ With time, bigger challenges, budgets and briefs are being presented to us, and I can foresee that with our philosophies in tow, our design path will be creating more unique designs where we can be expand our experimental approach. I also hope that environmental and sustainable pragmatism can continue to shift to the forefront of our clients requirements when designing their homes. We are currently in a lane that we enjoy within the realm of design, and continuing our current philosophies and adhering to them will ensure we continue to deliver unique outcomes that will continue to inspire both us and our clients and peers.” tecture.com.au   Olivia Lee Designer Studio: Olivia Lee Location: Singapore olivia lee Olivia Lee is principal design for OLIVIA LEE, a multidisciplinary tudio grounded by an industrial design approach. Olivia graduated from Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Product Design and she combines her experiences in London and her Singaporean roots to establish a culturally nuanced design practice in the heart of South East Asia. The practice pivots from product to spatial design, research insights to ideation with the goal of creating unique experiences. The studio focuses on uncovering new rituals and behaviours, navigating the tension between tradition and the future, and bringing brands into unexplored territories through design and narrative. We talked with Olivia about the nature of her practice. Did she feel it was a progression of her design prowess? “I do not know if I would consider my approach progressive, but my mere emergence was probably quite radical for its time when I first established my practice in Singapore. As it is, there are very few female design-auteurs globally. In Singapore, when I was still having to explain that industrial design was not the profession of 'designing factories', I trusted my gut and started my eponymous studio anyway.” olivia-lee.com   Chen Xi Principal Architect Studio: Atelier XI Location: Shenzhen, China chen xi CHEN Xi is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Registered Architect in New York State. He received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a B. Arch. From Tsinghua University (Beijing). He has worked at the Bjarke Ingels Group(BIG) in Copenhagen and Steven Holl Architects-New York. In 2017, CHEN returned to China and is currently teaching at the School of Architecture in Shenzhen University. He founded his practice ATELIER XI in New York and is currently based in Shenzhen, China. Delving into the not-so-distant past, we asked Chen how the establishment of his studio came about. “After working in Copenhagen and New York for many years, I returned to my homeland China and established my practice Atelier XI. With our work focusing on public and cultural projects at various scales, we are attentive to the needs of diverse groups and scales. The studio aspires to create spaces that bring unique poetry and profoundness to contemporary urban and rural environments.” atelierxi.com   Alessandra French and Ara Salomone Co-founders and directors Studio: State of Kin Location: Perth, Australia Alessandra French and Ara Salomone State of Kin is a Perth-based multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in the foundation of spaces across residential, hospitality, retail, wellness and commercial sectors. The practice is perpetually immersed in the realm of design and the collective purpose is the creation of inimitable architecture and interiors. State of Kin offers a holistic service encompassing architecture, interiors, project management and construction, State of Kin is a tight knit team with evolving, dynamic ideas. Passionate about delivering expressive, contemporary spaces each with a unique identity, the practice focuses on the experience of users within spaces created – to reflect a distinctive, characteristic outcome. We asked Alessandra and Ara to explain their design approach. “We've always tried to challenge the status quo through our work. We embrace bold colours, expressive forms and unexpected materials - our projects are not only an expression of our personalities but also that of our clients. Each project is treated as a unique collaboration in which we work closely with the client to ensure exciting and progressive outcomes.” stateofkin.com.au   As the sponsor of The Prodigy category, Milliken-Ontera understands the importance of assisting young architects and designers as they make their way forward in the design world. As a design leader and manufacturer in commercial flooring itself, the company sets an example through its innovative products and exemplary processes ever mindful of sustainability and best practice. With a 30-year history throughout the Australian and New Zealand markets, Milliken-Ontera provides expertise in design, manufacturing and supply that helps create unique interior spaces in the commercial, education, health and aged care, hospitality and retail sectors. By supporting design for the future, Milliken-Ontera, as The Prodigy sponsor, leads the way in lighting the path and helping the next generation of architects and designers achieve their potential.   Milliken-Ontera floors.milliken.comabc
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Sensitively Retrofitting A Modernist Gem

The owners of this home in Sydney’s Pymble bought the house in 2013 having previously renovated a house around the corner. Not wanting to rush the redesign, they took time to really live in the home, taking note of its nuance and charm. Designed in 1965 by Keith Cottier, the couple brought in the expertise of Belinda Edmunds from hungerford+edmunds, who had previously worked at Allen Jack + Cottier Architects. “The brief was for a full restoration but with some planning interventions. The owner’s wanted to create a connection between the living and outdoor areas, create entertaining areas around the pool, upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms, and improve the arrival sequence and the entry lobby. The alterations were carefully conceived to work with the existing home,” shares Belinda. The redesign now allows the couple to cook and entertain, with views directly out to the pool, which wasn’t possible before. Adaptations to spatial planning come through in many other ways too, Belinda says, “The kitchen was expanded into space that was previously a separate laundry and garden storage room, which now forms a large eat-in kitchen with new glazed doors to the western courtyard.” Material selections from the carpet to the veneer were made with a nod to the original, while still ensuring they would be modern and durable. The finishes are robust and the same inside and out – painted brick walls, brick paving to frame areas of tiles and terrazzo, while a spotted gum lines the soffit of the porte-cochere. Spotted gum has also been introduced to the cabinetry, with solid timber finger pull details. “The new work is distinct, but the cues are subtle,” shares Belinda. Doing such an extensive but detailed retrofit meant there was an opportunity to bring in sustainability features. The team took the opportunity to bring in thermal insulation and install solar panels. Belinda adds, “The new roof houses 25 solar panels with a 10kW system. We also added seals to the original timber glazed doors and windows to reduce leakage, upgraded lighting for better energy efficiency (and ambience); and an energy-efficient heat pump improves water efficiency and the hot water service.” Part of what made the project a success is the close collaboration with the builder, Mat Wilks of Ballast Point Design and Build, who says, “The best part of this project was the way all three parties – client, architect and builder – worked together. We provided space for each other to be involved, and everyone’s view was respected. The job involved close integration between all three parties and a mutual understanding of the existing building’s architecture and client’s needs, balanced with an understanding of the structural and building elements.” hungerford+edmunds hungerfordedmunds.com Ballast Point ballastpoint.com.au Photography by Murray Fredericks  We think you might also like this home of architect John Wardle abc
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Read Habitus #50 Online Now!

Launched in 2008, Habitus has been showcasing architecture, design and furniture from around the region for the past 13 years, all while building a local following of Design Hunters along the way. The latest issue is our 50th Anniversary Special and it is now available to download digitally by simply filling in the form below.      abc
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Premium Bathroom Range Made For Any Context

The need to make a statement in every room of the house is growing bigger by the day it seems, and the bathroom is no stranger to this sentiment. Choices in tiling, vanities, screens and baths are crucial to the look and feel of the bathroom, and no corners can be cut. The difference between average and elegant is leagues apart, and demands that the quality of bathroom products must be of the highest. ceramica globo basin Ceramica Globo is no stranger to creating premium bathroom ceramics. A family owned company based in Italy, Globo was established in 1980 and has become a success story focused on increasing the value of human resources and on a balanced relationship with the environment. Characteristically Italian in design attributes and quality, the company aims to elevate any bathroom through its amazing colours and textures. Ceramica Globo is a design driven, recognised leader in bathroom ceramics and furniture manufacturing in Europe. Thanks to Bathe, who consistently brings the world’s most outstanding bathroom brands to Australian consumers, Globo is now available Australia-wide, allowing for designers and homeowners to take their bathrooms to the next level. With their skills and creativity, Globo is able to create high-tech products of real quality and first-class design. Globothin® is its patented ceramic mix. Although thinner, it nonetheless ensures toughness and shine. Ceraslide® is the glaze invented by the research and development centre. A 26-hour firing process produces a smooth, low-porosity product that is resistant to marks and the adherence of dirt. To ensure the highest level of hygiene, the company has developed the antibacterial treatment Bataform®, which drastically reduces the presence of germs and bacteria on ceramics. Bathe describes it as a great pleasure to be distributing Ceramica Globo’s products, and that the brand is one of the most exciting companies within their stacked catalogue. Originating in Italy, known worldwide as the home of design and fashion, Ceramica Globo are certainly no stranger to excellence in design and craftsmanship, winning awards for its products on a consistent basis. A leader in environmentally responsible manufacturing, the brand encompasses all facets of sustainability and outstanding design to make it a most desirable choice. Always committed to interpreting new tastes and trends, Ceramica Globo looks to the future with continuous innovation of its processes and products. This requires the integration of different skills, from the design to engineering, from chemistry to logistics, from marketing to sociology. The company has always paid great attention to saving energy and protecting the environment. ceramica globo matte basin range An extensive range of Globo products are now available via selected bathroom retailers nationally and the Bathe Sydney showroom. To make an enquiry, email Bathe at sales@bathe.net.au. To view the products in full, head to bathe.net.au.abc
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A Cabin That Plays With Volumes

Coined ‘The Mushroom’, this guest suite designed by ZJJZ Architecture negotiates its relationship with the surrounding forest. Located in Xin Yu City in the Jiangxi Province of China, The Mushroom takes on a bulbous circular form, with a quirky roofline that makes it stand out. Given the project’s location within a pine forest, the architects considered the influence of nature and how the building and its natural setting could interplay with one another. The building itself is comprised of two simple volumes, each broken down by their respective functions. The circular form houses the main guest suite, with the room capturing panoramic views out to the forest. The windows are positioned at the perfect viewing height to allow guests to sit and enjoy a curated aspect from all angles. Above the main bedroom is a loft area, which sits within the high peak of the roofline. The loft serves as a children’s area, which is accessible by a set of stairs. The form of the conical roofline creates a sense of expansion, while its white ceiling adds volume and drama. The more traditional rectangular form at the back of the building comprises the entrance lobby, storage spaces and the bathroom. Wanting to maintain a level of privacy, a slimline horizontal window sits slightly higher to avoid unwanted views from outside, while still giving a glimpse of the nature that lies beyond. A circular skylight mimics the roof form of the rounded main space, while also introducing light and shadows throughout the day and the seasons. Taking into account the natural slope while not wanting to disturb the forest floor, The Mushroom sits on a lifted steel frame, minimising its impact on the site. The intention behind this decision being that plants will gradually grow up and around the building, embedding it within the forest. Materiality was selected with consideration for how it will age and withstand the elements. The cone-shaped roof is clad in pinewood shingles, while the rest of the building is coated in granolithic concrete. The materials will slowly change over time, eventually blending into the natural environment. ZJJZ zjjz-atelier.com Photography by Fangfang Tian and ZJJZ We think you might also like Bay Guarella House by Peter Stutchbury abc
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Have you Designed the Kitchen of the Year? Only One Month to go!

For the past few months, leading kitchen brand Gaggenau has been on the hunt for the Kitchen of the Year. They’ve searched the country for kitchens that are built to inspire: spaces that embody innovation, quality and outstanding design in much the same way that Gaggenau itself does. This search has been marked by entries from a field of the industry’s leading architects, designers and kitchen designers. We’re seeing kitchens that are in grand houses and small apartments, where luxury is found in generous proportions and innovative space solutions. Each entry, in its own way, contributes to the ongoing evolution of kitchen design, a step forward in the endless journey toward design perfection.

Have you designed a kitchen that stands above the rest?

Entries for Gaggenau’s Kitchen of the Year are open for 3 more weeks, so what are you waiting for? Head to the entry portal and submit your kitchen projects forward to a panel of esteemed judges. More than simply a chance to be crowned Kitchen of the Year for 2021, the winner of Gaggenau’s inaugural programme will be awarded a trip to Europe. This exclusive prize includes return airfares for two, 5-star accommodation, transfers, a factory tour at Lipsheim and a culinary experience. In addition, all regional winners will be awarded with an exclusive gastronomy experience, including return flights for two, accommodation and an intimate dinner in a Gaggenau showroom. All winners and shortlisters of this programme will be celebrated through the Gaggenau network, with projects shared across regional and international touchpoints.

What you need to know

Entries are open to professional kitchen designers, architects, interior designers, builders and developers from across Australia. Kitchens must be part of a multi-residential apartment or residential home in Australia that has been completed between 01/01/2018 to 30/04/2021. Kitchens should feature 3 Gaggenau major domestic appliances and be submitted along with professional photography to be considered. The Gaggenau Kitchen of the Year will be awarded on a regional basis, acknowledging four outstanding submissions from SA/WA/NT; VIC/TAS; NSW/ACT and QLD respectively. There will also be an additional award – Best of the Best – bestowed to the kitchen that most impresses the judging panel from the shortlist of regional entries. The 2021 shortlist will be announced 29th July, 2021, with the winners announced in September.

So get your entries in now, the portal closes 30th April at 23:59 AEST.

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Every House Should Have A Garden Room

“Dark, hard and solemn,” is how architect Nic Brunsdon aptly describes first impressions upon entering East Fremantle House, his latest residential alts&ads project, in Western Australia. The house beyond that, however, is quite the opposite — light, bright and open. Seeking a contextually sensitive addition to a cherished existing cottage to accommodate contemporary living, the clients’ had come to Nic with a relatively liberal brief. In his artful response, the architect’s extension takes on an unconventional expression and resolves in a residence that looks and feels wholly refreshed. All in all, the enhanced programme consists of four core volumes and begins in the middle. Accessed via the side and halfway down the site the chamber-like entry space—Nic’s atmospheric intervention of where old meets new—becomes a new right of passage for residents and visitors of East Fremantle House. Encompassed in dark masonry and unadorned, occupying space enough for a study nook and bike storage, the entry link is sombre and still, with two paths to choose from — excluding the one in/out. To the left of entry leads to the existing brick cottage, facing back to the street, which has been restored and lightly amended. Alternatively, a turn to the right opens out to the new addition. Simple and linear, this volume of the building forms an efficient living space conceptualised as one long ‘garden room’. Light, bright, and open, it is experientially a direct counter to the experience of the house upon entry. A wooden box with articulated eaves is perched lightly above the masonry ground floor addition to house a bedroom suite. “The most important part of this house is the space that is not built,” says Nic, referring specifically to a large northern void he left alfresco in the extension of East Fremantle House. Inhabited freely by sun, light, sky, fresh air and sound, the open space is traced around the south, east and west edges by Nic’s built addition to the site, resulting in a series of rooms that boast an immediate connection to their elemental surrounds and inherently optimised for thermal efficiency. “This practice’s view of sustainability is that it is best done as a first principles thing and not an applied technology,” says Nic. “Getting the massing, orientation and subsequent program planning right is the most important thing we can do as designers of lived environments. More so than ever in our current context of shifting work patterns towards the home.” East Fremantle House is open and ready to handle more of life’s inevitable change too. Currently, a recent birth has the family residing in the private spaces of the original cottage, while the new bedroom suite above the living extension is a spare, ready and waiting for guests to stay; or for when either the parents or children choose to retreat to the privacy of the rear suite. Through his addition to East Fremantle House, Nic Brunsdon has designed a house that is as atmospheric as it is dexterous. Imbued with all the high-performance elements of sustainable space planning, the program optimises thermal mass, passive solar, and prevailing breezes. The resulting house is breathable, functional, responsive and experientially unforgettable. Nic Brunsdon Architect nicbrunsdon.com Photography by Dion Robeson abc
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Living together, high and low

Whether we live on the ground floor or the 41st level, in a town house or a compound, multi-residential living is a part of our lifestyle in every country across our region and the globe. Living more closely together has become the norm. However, along with large vertical developments, there are other typologies being created that present a variety of smaller more bespoke styles of habitation, and so multi-residential living these days presents in many forms. Within the many categories in the INDE.Awards, The Multi-Residential Building showcases the diversity of just how we live today and as the supporter of this category, Bosch, recognises how good design incorporates best practice and pushes the boundaries of innovation and creativity in multi-residential design. Bosch is aware that a great apartment needs the best not only in design and amenity but attention to detail, product choice, fittings and finishes and spatial layout. These are what make the difference and enhance lifestyle. Bosch is perfectly placed to provide exceptional product to every project, after all, the company has been at the forefront of design, producing quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry for more than 130 years. [caption id="attachment_9328" align="alignnone" width="980"] Winner of the 2020 INDE.Awards, The Multi-Residential Building category, Mermaid Multihouse by Partners Hill with Hogg & Lamb. Photography by Shantanu Starick.[/caption] Olya Yemchenko, Brand Communications Manager, Bosch commented, “The INDE.Awards advocate that good multi-residential design is multifaceted, it recognises efficiency, quality of design, sustainability, functionality and innovation through thinking. The shifting landscape presented by 2020 has seen a greater focus on sustainability and innovative thinking and it is these characteristics that really connect with the Bosch brand. Our products seek to spark enthusiasm, improve quality of life and help conserve natural resources. It is this philosophy that drives us to support initiatives such as the INDE.Awards Multi-Residential Building category and continue to support outstanding design in this space.” In the 2020 INDE.Awards, the winning project of The Multi-Residential Building was Mermaid Multihouse by Partners Hill with Hogg & Lamb. Creating a new paradigm in multi-residential living, Mermaid Multihouse can facilitate multiple lifestyles and offers flexible living for families or households within a typical suburban house site. It is a brilliant concept and provides food for thought to the design of inner city multi-residential development. Creating something new begins with research and development and Bosch understands that the changing face of residential design requires products that meet these needs. As the way we live evolves, so too are the products from Bosch, leading the way in design and application and enhancing the interiors of our homes. Yemchenko added, “Embodying the essence of timeless design, Bosch home appliances combine premium aesthetics with intuitive features and German engineering to create the perfect choice for any design-led kitchen. When quality and style are both paramount, Bosch products in your choice of stainless steel or black glass finishes are easy to use and deliver exceptional results. The breadth of range provides flexibility for all different types of projects, design styles and affordability levels- essentially we can offer the right product for the project regardless of its application.” The Bosch brand is renowned for its products that stand the test of time and, so too, the best multi-residential buildings are those that are built to last. No longer is it good enough to create for today without thought for the future. Ensuring sustainability is at the core of design means engaging in all aspects of the process and as architecture leads the advance for a more sustainable environment, Bosch is there as well, as a partner and advocate. Yemchenko elaborated, “For over 130 years, Bosch has been synonymous with quality, performance, convenience and sustainability. Honoured with more than 200 design awards over the past five years our design is functional and pure, everything has a purpose. The individual elements are therefore of fundamental importance. "Equally, we have placed significant importance on climate action with the goal to make emission in our direct sphere carbon neutral worldwide. As multi-residential projects seek to find efficient and sustainable solutions, Bosch has aligned its approach to support this objective. A true partner to the industry, Bosch has been a supporter of various industry bodies, events and design-led initiatives. We offer individual support for designers, architects and developers based on their needs and projects.” [caption id="attachment_9329" align="alignnone" width="704"] Winner of the 2020 INDE.Awards, The Multi-Residential Building category, Mermaid Multihouse by Partners Hill with Hogg & Lamb. Photography by Shantanu Starick.[/caption] And partnership is indeed the way forward. As people live more closely together it is about how we connect and how we live with the future in mind that is paramount. Trusted products that elevate our day-to-day life are important and Bosch is at the ready to make the everyday just that little bit better. The INDE.Awards is now open and entry to The Multi-Residential Building and all other categories is here.abc